Press Release/New Delhi, 20th Dec 2013: BFI, in association with FIBA and NBA, is organizing Basketball Coaching Certification Courses in four zones of the country to enrich the knowledge of Indian coaches on teaching the fundamentals to youth. The Coaches Clinic will provide an opportunity for more than 120 selected coaches in India to receive FIBA Level 1 Coaching Certification and BFI Certification. These 120 coaches were selected strategically based on curriculum content. The Curriculum which is based on FIBA “Basketball for Young Players” book & CD for U13-U18 (can be found at http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/cl/training/p/bb-for-young-players.html).
Mumbai from the West Zone was the first of the four cities to host the Basketball Coaching Certification Courses at Don Bosco High School, Matunga from 8-14 December 2013. New Delhi is currently hosting the Basketball Coaching Certification Courses for North Zone at KD Jadhav Indoor Hall from 16-22 December 2013. Basketball Coaching Certification Courses will also be held in a southern and eastern city during February 2014. Coaches from FIBA & Foreign Coaches are conducting certification course under BFI / FIBA during these Coaches Clinics. Nelson Isley, FIBA & Troy Justice, Senior Director of Basketball Operations, NBA India are conducting FIBA Coaching Certification – Level 1 Program. The BFI Coaching Certification Program is being conducted by Indian Men’s & Women’s National Basketball Team Head Coach Scott Flemming and Francisco Garcia, respectively.
Speaking from the Coaches Certification programme in New Delhi FIBA Coaching Instructor Nelson Isley said “I am very satisfied with the attendance of the Indian coaches at the clinic. They have shown a lot of interest and are open to learning new basketball coaching techniques. It has been a very positive experience for me in India.”
Owing to its strategic, long-term, exclusive partnership with IMG Reliance forged in 2010, BFI in recent years has successfully attracted elite international coaching talent, including from NBA and NCAA Division I in the United States, to develop a strong foundation for Indian basketball development. In 2011 IMG Reliance spearheaded the hiring of former NBA Head Coach Kenny Natt, who has coached legends ranging from Karl Malone to LeBron James, and Pete Gaudet, who has coached at the highest level of both Men’s and Women’s US college basketball. Current Indian Senior National Team Head Coaches Scott Flemming (Men’s) and Francisco Garcia (Women’s) have since built on that foundation, including leading the Indian Women’s team to its best ever finish at the FIBA Asia Championships this year.
Profiles of the Instructors
Scott Flemming Indian Senior Men’s National Team Head Coach
Scott Flemming is currently the Head Coach of Indian Senior Men’s National Basketball Team. He brings along with him over 30 years of collegiate and professional coaching experience in the United States. During his career, Flemming has earned two National Coach of the Year awards.
Prior to joining BFI, Flemming was the Assistant Coach of the Texas Legends in the NBA Development League, where he often served as the acting Head Coach, leading both current and future NBA players. He has also served as the Men’s Head Coach and Athletic Director at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. During his years with the Cougars, Flemming compiled an overall record of 397-226 (.64 winning percentage) – the most wins of any coach in the program’s 40-year history.
Francisco Garcia – Indian Senior Women’s National Basketball Team Head Coach
The Spanish coach who is 41 years old already has coaching experience of over 22 years spread across Spain, Denmark and Finland. The talented Spaniard is upbeat about the women’s team which competed recently in the inaugural FIBA Asia 3×3 Championship in Doha, Qatar which is the shorter version of the game and came home with a shimmering Gold and said that India has a lot of talented players.
Prior to joining BFI, he had been involved in various women’s professional programs in Spain, Denmark, and Finland. Since returning to Spain in 2005, Coach Garcia coached various Spanish Federation Youth National Development Camps, in addition to acting as a private development coach for a number of Spain’s senior national women’s players, including Amaya Valdermoro, 3 time WNBA Champion.
Nelson Isley, FIBA Coaching Instructor
Nelson Isley is the Coaching Instructor for FIBA and has been associated with them since 2000. He is a highly experienced and accomplished FIBA certified Coaching Instructor with a B.S. in History and Physical Education from Louisiana State University. He has over 4 decades of coaching experience and conducting national development programs. Mr. Isley has taught FIBA coaching clinics in Iceland, Mozambique, Swaziland, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Haiti, Spain, Chile, Bolivia, England, Zimbabwe, El Salvador, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Maldives, Canada among other countries. He was also appointed by FIBA to scout and prepare the final technical report on the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Troy Justice, Senior Director of Basketball Operations, NBA India
Troy Justice is the Senior Director of Basketball Operations, National Basketball Association (NBA) India. He provides expertise to the NBA India regarding basketball development, operations, administration, personnel and trends. He also played a vital role in providing Indian standout player Geethu Anne Jose a chance at the WNBA playoffs.
Troy has traveled across the world as both a professional basketball player and coach. After four (4) years of playing professional basketball with Athletes in Action, Troy decided to get into coaching, with his first Head Coaching job coming with Gordon College in the US. He later went on to become the Head Coach and Athletic Director his previous team – Athletes in Action for 16 plus years. This time with Athletes in Action gave him his first experiences in India, a country that he came to love, and eventually, call his home.
In his two years with the NBA India, Troy has organized numerous clinics, player and coaches, as well as competitions designed to increase youth participation in basketball across India. These events include the NBA Mahindra Challenge League and Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Skills Challenge.